The saddest post I have ever written….

A few weeks ago, in Best & Worst, I alluded to my worst being a terrible tragedy involving a family I didn’t know personally but knew through many friends. You may have read about it, particularly if you live in Sydney.

Chloe Waterlow, 37 and her father Nick were killed in her home in utterly tragic and violent circumstances.

This layers of this tragedy are epic and almost too difficult to comprehend. Like so many people, I have been tremendously affected by this story and I been unable to stop thinking about the family. Chloe’s husband Ben Heuston, was in London at the time, looking for work. The family was thinking about moving overseas. And now this.

You can read more about Chloe here….

When I read in the paper the name of the person who had given the eulogy at Chloe’s funeral, it was a name I instantly recognised. A friend of mine who I haven’t spoken to in ages. When I sat down to email her, to express my sympathy and to see if there was anything ANYTHING I could do to help the Waterlow-Heuston family I found that my friend had already emailed me.

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She was writing to ask for the help and support of the Mamamia community, one she is a part of and one she knows to be extraordinary.

Chloe and Ben’s closest friends have set up a trust for the Waterlow-Heuston kids, to give Ben some practical financial support to help his three children adjust to life without their beloved mother. You can visit the trust’s website here but here’s a bit of information…..

The Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust is a trust account set up to receive donations for the benefit of the Waterlow-Heuston children after the tragic deaths of the children’s mother Chloe Waterlow, and their grandfather Nicholas Waterlow, in Randwick, Sydney, on 9 November 2009.

A group of Chloe and Ben’s (Chloe’s husband) good friends have put together this Trust fund in response to all the enquiries we have received from people on how they can help Ben and the children.

The intention of the Trust is to alleviate the family’s immediate financial pressures so Ben can devote as much time as he feels he needs to helping his kids adjust to life without their mum.

For those of you not lucky enough to know Chloe and her dad Nick, they were exceptional, compassionate, generous people. As Ben said in a letter read out by one of her best friends at her funeral, Chloe was always there to help a friend or adopt another and she would have been the first to support a family in need like hers is now.

The family is truly appreciative of the love and support being provided to them in this time of need.

FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust?
The Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust is a trust account set up to receive donations for the benefit of the Waterlow-Heuston children after the tragic deaths of the children’s mother Chloe Waterlow, and their grandfather Nicholas Waterlow, in Randwick, Sydney, on 9 November 2009.

Where does the money go?
All the money donated to the Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust is held on trust for the benefit of the Chloe and her husband Ben’s three children.

The intention of the Trust is to alleviate the family’s immediate financial pressures so Ben can devote at least the next few months to helping his kids adjust to life without their mum. This will include basic necessities of life, food, nappies, formula, household and mortgage expenses, etc.

Who decides how the money is spent?
All the money donated will be held on trust for the benefit of the children in a trust account established and maintained for that purpose by a Solicitor who is a family friend. The money is then transferred to a trustee company account from which it will be managed and administered by an independent board of directors of a corporate trustee who will have the discretion to apply the capital and income of the trust for the benefit of the children.

Chloe’s husband Ben is not a director of the Trustee company but he may of course make recommendations to the board as to the children’s needs from time to time and the board may make grants of money to Ben to spend for the benefit of the children.

How to contact us
If you have any questions about the Trust, please email us at:
Email: [email protected]

How can I donate?
You can donate either by direct deposit at any Commonwealth Bank branch or by electronic funds transfer into the following bank account:

Bank: Commonwealth Bank
Account Name: Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust
BSB: 062 000
Account No: 13654704

Additonal information for international donations:
Address 48 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW, 2000, Australia
SWIFT Code CTBAAU2S

Is my donation private?
Yes. Your donation is completely anonymous and private. If you wish to receive updates about the Waterlow-Heuston family you can submit your email address. All information you provide us will be kept private in accordance with Privacy Laws. We will not conduct any marketing to you or send any emails to you unless you have requested us to do so.

Can I donate cash?
Yes. You can deposit cash directly into the Trust account at any branch of the Commonwealth Bank. See ‘How can I donate?’ above.

How do I donate by cheque?
Please make cheques payable “Waterlow-Heuston Kids Trust” and deposit with any branch of the Commonwealth Bank. See ‘How can I donate?’ above for the bank account details.

The thought of those kids, after what they have witnessed, having their birthdays and soon Christmas without their beloved Mum and grandfather is too much to bear. To think of Ben, having to somehow park his own grief so that he can be there for his three little kids is unimagineable.

The idea that the family would be under financial pressure as well seems just too cruel.

I have made a donation and I would encourage you, if you can afford even a few dollars, to do the same. Every bit helps.

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